The Rev. and Mrs. Gerald H. Garrett will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 19 in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church in Terrell, Texas. They and the family will host the affair together by welcoming guests and friends during the afternoon at the church facility.
The couple was married in Durant, Okla., Jan. 17, 1942, at Mrs. Garrett's parents' home. Her uncle and another local minister officiated the ceremony. The event occurred right after Pearl Harbor, while Rev. Garrett was serving in the U. S. Army, and 45th Division at Abilene, Texas.
Mrs. Garrett is the former Ruby Mae Bogan of Durant. The Garretts graduated from Russell High School together in 1940. She had been attending Southeastern State College in the city before their marriage.
The Garretts have two children born to their long-time union -- James E. Garrett of Arlington, Texas, and Mrs. Kathleen L. Randle of Mesquite, Texas. They also have two grandsons, a granddaughter, and four great-grandchildren all of whom live in Arlington, Grand Prairie and Kennedale, Texas. The young-est grandson is attending college in West Texas at this time.The Rev. Garrett is a 29 year retiree from the U.S. Postal Service, and spent his entire career in the Dallas, Texas, area. He is also an ordained Southern Baptist minister who surrendered to God's call in Dallas in 1979 at Colonial Baptist Church. He was fully ordained into the ministry at Cherokee Village Baptist Church in 1987 when he was called as pastor of the Ash Flat Baptist Church. He served this church for four and a half years, and supplied for other churches in the area during his long residency in Cherokee Village.
Mrs. Garrett is a housewife, but during their earlier residence in Dallas, she worked for an insurance company and a department store.
The two have been residents of Cherokee Village for 21 years, having moved there after Mr. Garrett's retirement from the postal service in 1980. They were at home at 40 Kato Drive in the retirement village for this long length of time, having built their future home in this northern Ozark area in the 70s.
The Garretts gave up their long-time home in Cherokee Village in July 2001, and moved back to Terrell, Texas, where they are now at home on Collins Drive of that city.
An open invitation is extended by the couple to all friends and neighbors to join them and their family on the afternoon of Jan. 19 to help them celebrate this very special occasion. The couple requests no gift, only the presence and love of their family and friends.
During the afternoon of the affair, Gerald and Ruby Mae will reaffirm their wedding vows to one another with their present pastor Ernest McCoulskey leading them.